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Why People Believe Weird Things

Pseudoscience, Superstition, And Other Confusions Of Our Time

By Michael Shermer

A survey of a range of irrationalisms, with explanations of their empirical and logical flaws. The book describes the differences between science and pseudo-science, and goes on to describe and critique popular contemporary irrationalisms, UFOs, Holocaust denial and Satanic cult conspiracies.

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1997

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0716730901


Format: Book
Author: Shermer, Michael
Title: Why people believe weird things : pseudoscience, superstition, and other confusions of our time / Michael Shermer ; foreword by Stephen Jay Gould.
Publisher Date: New York : W.H. Freeman, 1997.
Subject: Belief and doubt Truthfulness and falsehood Parapsychology
Isbn: 0716730901
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Call Number: 133 She
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Bib Id: 95660

Format: Book
Author: Shermer, Michael
Title: Why people believe weird things : pseudoscience, superstition, and other confusions of our time / Michael Shermer ; foreword by Stephen Jay Gould.
Publisher, Date: New York : W.H. Freeman, 1997.
Description: xii, 306 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Belief and doubt
Subjects: Truthfulness and falsehood
Subjects: Parapsychology
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 279-293) and index.
Contents: I. Science and skepticism. I am therefore I think : a skeptic's manifesto -- The most precious thing we have : the difference between science and pseudoscience -- How thinking goes wrong : twenty-five fallacies that lead us to believe weird things. II. Pseudoscience and superstition. Deviations : the normal, the paranormal, and Edgar Cayce -- Through the invisible : near-death experiences and the quest for immortality -- Abducted! : encounters with aliens -- Epidemics of accusations : medieval and modern witch crazes -- The unlikeliest cult : Ayn Rand, objectivism, and the cult of personality. III. Evolution and creationism. In the beginning : an evening with Duane T. Gish -- Confronting creationists : twenty-five creationist arguments, twenty-five evolutionist answers -- Science defended, science defined : evolutionism and creationism at the Supreme Court.
Contents: IV. History and pseudohistory. Doing Donahue : history, censorship, and free speech -- Who says the Holocaust never happened, and why do they say it? : an overview of a movement -- How we know the Holocaust happened : debunking the deniers -- Pigeonholes and continuums : an African-Greek-German-American looks at race. V. Hope springs eternal. Dr. Tipler meets Dr. Pangloss : can science find the best of all possible worlds? -- Why do people believe weird things?
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ISBN: 0716730901
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